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LIST: Southeast Texas school districts make reopening plans after Hurricane Laura

Some districts, especially near the Texas-Louisiana state line had damage + power outages during Hurricane Laura. Here is a list of schools with plans to reopen.

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Texas — Southeast Texas schools are announcing their reopening plans after Hurricane Laura. Some school districts, especially near the Texas-Louisiana state line, had significant damage and power outages. 

Here is a list of schools with plans to reopen in the next few weeks. 


Beaumont ISD will resume virtual learning Wednesday, Sept. 2 since power is being restored. 

Earlier, Beaumont ISD announced the school district will be closed for virtual learning 'until further notice' in a statement Friday, Aug. 28.

"We continue to assess the condition of all campuses as it relates to reliable power in our buildings to sustain virtual learning," the district said.


"Due to roof damage sustained throughout the district and the amount of cleanup required within the buildings we will restart school on Monday, September 14. We will continue to communicate any changes as decisions are made."


School Superintendent Marcia Stevens said the three schools in Beaumont — Msgr. Kelly Catholic High School, St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica School and St Anne Catholic School — will return to classes on Wednesday. But Stevens said may take a little longer for St. Catherine of Siena in Port Arthur and St. Mary Catholic School in Orange to resume classes because of power and internet problems. Orange and Port Arthur took a harder hit from the storm than Beaumont. Stevens is asking parents and students to look to their principals for "confirmation on starting dates." In her statement, Stevens thanked parents for their patience and support.


All classes are canceled through at least Sept. 4. Monitor district social media and website for updates.


The school district is resuming classes Monday, Aug. 31.


"We want to thank all the linemen and local officials who are working around the clock to get everyone's power restored. While many now have electricity there are lots of areas still without. At this time, we will not have school on Monday and Tuesday and the plan is to return Wednesday, Sept. 2," Superintendent John Seybold said. "If however, there are still many without power by Monday evening, that could be extended. While we want to get students back as soon as we can, we understand the hardships many are having at this time. We will continue to communicate with our local emergency officials and make a decision with that information as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience and be safe!"


The district will remain closed at least through Tuesday, Sept. 1.


The district does not yet have a set return date. A determination may be made late in the upcoming week.


"We are pleased to say that the air conditioning at the Lumberton Intermediate School has been repaired. Thanks to Carrier Tech and former LISD employee Ryan Parker for his efforts to get it fixed," Lumberton ISD said on the district Facebook page. "And also a huge thanks to LISD Director for Maintenance Services, Patrick Spencer for his tireless work this week getting us ready for Monday, August 31. As of today, all campuses are scheduled to return to normal operations on Monday. If you have any difficulties returning to school due to hurricane-related issues please contact your child's campus on Monday."


Teachers to return no earlier than Sept. 2; Students to begin classes no earlier than Sept. 8.


Orangefield ISD is out until at least Sept. 4, the district said. 


The district will reopen on Sept. 8.


On August 31, the district announced school won't begin until Sept. 8. PNGISD said the Port Neches campuses had power already restored, but the Groves campuses weren't back online yet. The Sept. 8 start date will give time for campuses to be dehumidified, cleaned and for teachers to check out classrooms. 


Sabine Pass ISD Administrators will meet Monday to make plans for a safe return. Parents will be notified when a date is set.


The school year will begin Sept. 1.


Vidor ISD is set to return to school Sept. 8


WOCCISD hasn't given a return date yet following Hurricane Laura. 

"After assessment of the district properties we have evaluated that all WOCCISD facilities have received wind and/or water damage. We have started recovery and repairs and will keep the community informed of our progress. Once power is restored to our community and families are settled WOCCISD will notify you of next steps. Our plan is to begin virtual learning during repairs and phase into our in-person instruction as buildings are completed. Please continue to pray for all the communities affected by Hurricane Laura. Stay strong and stay safe MUSTANGS! " 


"We at WISD seemed to have all been very blessed in regards to recent Hurricane Laura," the school district said. "While we realize there maybe a few still with out power, WISD will return to school on Monday, Aug. 31. Buses will run and classes will resume their regular schedule."

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